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AhmedElghawabi
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Consultant
Top 20
Easy to configure and integrates well with Cisco hardware, but incompatible with SDN

Pros and Cons

  • "Dell PowerConnect Switches are easy to configure."
  • "It would be great to have modules that integrate with SDN solutions such as Cisco ACI, Arista SDN, Huawei Agile, and IBM."

What is our primary use case?

Dell PowerConnect Switches make up part of our network and they are connected to our Dell servers.

What is most valuable?

Dell PowerConnect Switches are easy to configure.

These switches fully integrate into our Cisco switches without any problem.

What needs improvement?

It would be helpful if there were an option to use the device as either a switch or a pass-through for the traffic from inside to outside. This would mean that we would not have to replace hardware in some cases. I think that the IBM switches have this feature.

It would be great to have modules that integrate with SDN solutions such as Cisco ACI, Arista SDN, Huawei Agile, and IBM.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Dell PowerConnect Switches since 2012.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have never had a problem with any of our Dell switches. I would say that these switches are stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Two modules can be stacked on a single chassis. We have approximately 60 chassis with two modules each, so 120 Dell PowerConnect switches. These are connected to Cisco switches at one end of the network.

How are customer service and technical support?

My team has not had much contact with Dell technical support because the Dell switches belong to another team. We are only responsible for installing and configuring them.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We also have Cisco switches in our environment. It is probably 80% Cisco and 20% Dell.

I also have experience with Huawei, HP, and Juniper switches. Huawei switches used to use a similar set of commands, but they are different now. HP uses almost the same command set. Juniper switches are more difficult to work with.

In our data center, we have also used Arista switches.

How was the initial setup?

I have not found any problems with the installation or configuration of Dell switches. I used a basic configuration so it is simple. It takes perhaps half an hour to deploy.

What about the implementation team?

We have a team but I deployed this solution myself. There is a guide available to assist with the installation and configuration. The commands are similar to Cisco, which makes it easy to use.

What other advice do I have?

We have decreased our use of Dell PowerConnect Switches in the past year because we are moving to virtualization and using SDN switches. The problem comes about because it is difficult to see the server end-point directly on the SDN. For our Dell servers, we are replacing the switches with pass-through modules because the spanning tree loops are the same. 

My advice for anybody who is considering this solution is to consider issues that might occur when using devices from multiple vendors. We found this difficult because of the integration. We like Dell because it is easy to use and it integrates well with Cisco. However, we are now having a problem where it does not integrate well with SDN. If the environment requires connectivity to SDN then these switches may not be suitable.

Rating this solution as a switch, I would say that it is eight and a half out of ten. However, with respect to integration with new technologies, it is not mature enough and I would rate it a five out of ten.

Overall, I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
MD
Security Consultant with 51-200 employees
Consultant
Top 10
Support for segmenting network into zones, but the price needs to be more competitive

Pros and Cons

  • "it's a stable solution. We have not experienced any bugs or issues. Many data centers and enterprise data centers prefer Cisco to any other product because they are very stable."
  • "The drawbacks come from support. The tools are rare, but to find someone knowledgeable with Cisco, is a problem."

What is our primary use case?

We don't do the deployment in our environment, we are consulting.

Our clients use this solution for the logical segmentation of the network to the access layer, and remote log switches. 

They can also deploy the switches.

What is most valuable?

I like the ability to do the segmentation on the access layer. It allows you to segment the network into a zone or workgroups. By defining the VLAN you can logically separate the traffic. It helps minimize the risk with lateral movement and reduces the attack of Malware within your network.

What needs improvement?

I think that most everyone prefers a GUI rather than working through the command line. They have a GUI but it's not that interesting when you compare it to other vendors such as Check Point.

They should reduce the price to stay competitive. While the Cisco product is good, the pricing is not competitive. People will end up going with other cheaper solutions such as Arista.

The drawbacks come from support. The tools are rare, but to find someone knowledgeable with Cisco, is a problem.

There are issues with the C-Level required to maintain them and then to configure them.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Ethernet Switches and doing technical work since 2010. Now I am doing architectural design work.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable solution. We have not experienced any bugs or issues.

Many data centers and enterprise data centers prefer Cisco to any other product because they are very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable, it's easy to expand this platform.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not contacted technical support. I haven't done any configurations since 2010, and at that time I felt that it was difficult to find someone who was knowledgeable in Cisco.

How was the initial setup?

I have not deployed this before, but from my research and my experience with Linksys, I think that it would be easy and straightforward.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I think that pricing should be more competitive.

What other advice do I have?

If you want to be a Cisco master you need to have a good understanding of the command line and how to use it, which is difficult for some administrators. Many people would prefer solutions that you can configure through a GUI.

It is easier to configure an SPC as opposed to a Cisco switch.

People are finding alternative solutions because of the price. The same happened with Firewall landscapes, people are moving away from checkpoint and Cisco and going with Juniper or FortiGate, because of the pricing and licensing model.

I would suggest that people continuously upskill themselves to remain relevant in the industry.

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
NW
Head of Technical at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Reseller
Top 5Leaderboard
Adds value to virtual workloads, the stability is good, and competitively priced

Pros and Cons

  • "You can tap into all of the features for your virtual workload environment."
  • "Cisco has a lot of propriety protocols compared to other products, such as Arista Networks."

What is our primary use case?

We use Cisco Ethernet Switches to improve the latency in the Data Center.

What is most valuable?

Cisco Switches serve their purpose. They add value to the virtual workload. You can tap into all of the features for your virtual workload environment.

What needs improvement?

Cisco has a lot of propriety protocols compared to other products, such as Arista Networks.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco Ethernet Switches for a couple of years.

We are using the latest version.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable product. I have no issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's a scalable solution. Our end users are our customers. We have thousands of people using these switches that we have implemented.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good.

How was the initial setup?

The installation was straightforward.

One day is not enough for the configuration. It takes time, and there is a plan. You have to speak with the customer to see what they want and need in their environment.

Planning takes a couple of days, but once you know what you are doing, it only takes a couple of hours.

We have a team of 30 to 40 to deploy and maintain this solution. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It tends to be a bit pricey, but competitive. When you compare with other products, they are more or less the same price.

What other advice do I have?

I have not had any bad experiences with Cisco.

We have plans to continue using this solution. I would recommend it to others who are interested in using it.

I would rate Cisco Ethernet Switches an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
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